Kierkegaard: Acts of philosophy - the Second Ereignis Conference
How can we enlist the literary image to move readers to act in the world, and how may a philosophical life serve as a theatre in which ideas are enacted? These are key questions for our second Ereignis conference, to be held on-site in Gdynia, Poland, on Saturday, June 11, and on-line on June 12, 2022.
Hosted by Ereignis Center for Philosophy and the Arts, and headlined by internationally acclaimed speakers on literary and political philosophy, this conference seeks to show a wide array of philosophical, literary, and social junctures where Kierkegaard’s philosophy meet with contemporary concerns.
Keynote: Gisle Selnes
Job’s Modernity; or Ereignis & Repetition: a Lacanian re-view, with discontinual reference to the Assange case
Abstract This address discusses recent Lacanian interventions in the work of Kierkegaard, most notably Gjentagelsen (Repetition, 1843), with special emphasis on Kierkegaard’s use of The Book of Job to account for the problem of repetition. It situates Kierkegaard’s understanding of Job’s paradoxical experience of loss, anxiety, and (‘undeserved’) retribution as an important re-interpretation of the Biblical drama in a post-Kantian vein, opening it up to a modern critique of religious and political ideology. Finally, a parallel to the ongoing Assange case is drawn, hopefully revealing (at least) two creatively contradictory readings: that of the scapegoat versus an unbening poetico-theological subjectivity.